Owned by the Swiss Mövenpick chain of hotels, this 243-room, four-star hotel is part of an old Siemens building in Berlin erected in 1910. Close to Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Centre, the hotel is conveniently located halfway between East and West Berlin making it pefect for those keen to explore both halves of the city. It’s also the only worthwhile hotel in the night time mecca of Kreuzberg. Rooms are bright and airy with a retro design ethic – the three elements of fire, water and air providing a vague motif. Admittedly furnishings are upmarket Ikea, but at least design hasn’t come at the expense of practicality and comfort. The restaurant ‘Hof zwei’ can be found in an inner courtyard below a glass roof and a small sauna and fitness area are also available. The real jewel in Mövenpick’s crown is the fantastic ‘Anhalter Bar’: a kaleidoscope of colours, whose space age design falls somewhere between Barbarella and Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory. The bar stays open from 5pm and attracts guests from outside the hotel.